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Stephen Tingay

1987 National Draft – Pick 50

Nev Jetta

2008 National Draft – Pick 51

The McDonald Brothers

2010 and 2014 National Drafts – Pick 53

The crop of 1996 – Russell Robertson, Shane Woewodin and James McDonald

1996 National Draft – Pick 68 + 1997 Rookie Draft – Pick 48 (Robertson)
1997 Pre-Season Draft – Pick 18 (Woewodin)
1997 Rookie Draft – Pick 78 (McDonald)

Aaron Davey

2004 Rookie Draft – Pick 3

James Harmes

2014 Rookie Draft – Pick 2

Cameron Bruce

1999 National Draft – Pick 64

Other notable draft steals

Andy Lovell – 1986 National Draft, Pick 42

Matthew Whelan – 1999 National Draft, Pick 50

Guy Rigoni – 1997 National Draft, Pick 77

Jayden Hunt – 2013 National Draft, Pick 57

Aaron vandenBerg – 2015 Rookie Draft, Pick 2

Alex Neal-Bullen – 2014 National Draft, Pick 40

Colin Garland – 2006 National Draft, Pick 46

Andrew Leoncelli – 1996 Pre-Season Draft, Pick 10

Any others?

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Don't think you can qualify as a steal until you have played at least 100 games so the jury is still out on ANB, VDB and Hunt.

Darren Jolly & Stef Martin were very low picks unfortunately we were not smart enough to realise their potential ditto Nathan Basset.

Jeremy Howe another one.

 

 

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19 minutes ago, Cranky Franky said:

Don't think you can qualify as a steal until you have played at least 100 games so the jury is still out on ANB, VDB and Hunt.

Darren Jolly & Stef Martin were very low picks unfortunately we were not smart enough to realise their potential ditto Nathan Basset.

Jeremy Howe another one.

 

 

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Both had great careers, just not at melbourne. Jolly couldn't get minutes because Daniher loved Jeff White. Stef had some training commitment issues as I understand it. Todd V and he didn't see eye to eye in more ways than one...

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27 minutes ago, Baghdad Bob said:

Pick 53

It's funny how it works out. Messed up our attempt at a key forward with pick 12 then got an absolute gun key forward at pick 53. 

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21 hours ago, Demonland said:

Stephen Tingay

1987 National Draft – Pick 50

Nev Jetta

2008 National Draft – Pick 51

The McDonald Brothers

2010 and 2014 National Drafts – Pick 53

The crop of 1996 – Russell Robertson, Shane Woewodin and James McDonald

1996 National Draft – Pick 68 + 1997 Rookie Draft – Pick 48 (Robertson)
1997 Pre-Season Draft – Pick 18 (Woewodin)
1997 Rookie Draft – Pick 78 (McDonald)

Aaron Davey

2004 Rookie Draft – Pick 3

James Harmes

2014 Rookie Draft – Pick 2

Cameron Bruce

1999 National Draft – Pick 64

Other notable draft steals

Andy Lovell – 1986 National Draft, Pick 42

Matthew Whelan – 1999 National Draft, Pick 50

Guy Rigoni – 1997 National Draft, Pick 77

Jayden Hunt – 2013 National Draft, Pick 57

Aaron vandenBerg – 2015 Rookie Draft, Pick 2

Alex Neal-Bullen – 2014 National Draft, Pick 40

Colin Garland – 2006 National Draft, Pick 46

Andrew Leoncelli – 1996 Pre-Season Draft, Pick 10

Any others?

There is a fair few very good players above, but I would have had Wheels and Leoncelli right up the top of that list.  Two absolute legends of the MFC.  More than just notable.

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On 11/9/2018 at 3:48 PM, Baghdad Bob said:

Pick 53

Yes missed that one. Would be a very short list of those who pegged TMac for a key fwd.....

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2 hours ago, jnrmac said:

Yes missed that one. Would be a very short list of those who pegged TMac for a key fwd.....

Except the club. That's exactly what he was drafted for. The irony was he was like a puppy all paws and all over the shop. By the time he 'developed' he was holding down/ or up ...the backline ....until.... someone thought to TRY him as a fwd. Inspired !! ;)

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Whelan and Jetta. Two absolute guns recruited in the 50 bracket.

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